ERIC Number: ED168022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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The Discourse Matrix.
Davis, Brent E.; Nold, Ellen W.
In looking at the hierarchical structure of a composition, it is practical to diagram the natural text in T-units in a three-dimensional matrix based on the three hierarchical relationships between T-units: coordinate, subordinate, and superordinate. In this matrix, a coordinate relationship, which results from conjoining, elaborating, and contradicting, is represented by juxtaposing a sphere in front of the preceding sphere; a subordinate relationship, which results from giving reasons, explaining, and defining, is represented by juxtaposing a sphere below the preceding sphere; and a superordinate relationship, which results from making conclusions or changing subjects, is represented by juxtaposing a sphere beside the previous sphere and on the same level and plane as the T-unit most parallel to it in function. Matrix diagraming is more useful than other macrostructure representations because it aids in the study of processing and production of texts and provides a graphic representation of the structure, making it possible to assess where reading difficulty is likely to occur. (A sample paragraph is used to illustrate the matrix process.) (TJ)
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